Special Olympics Illinois Delegates to Meet in Springfield for Capitol Day


Special Olympics athletes, leaders and family members from across the state will converge in Springfield on April 13 for Special Olympics Illinois’ first annual Capitol Day. Throughout the day, this group will help to educate local legislators on both the mission of the organization as well as the positive impact Special Olympics Illinois initiatives have on the state.

Despite years of advancements, individuals with intellectual disabilities still fall well below the social average in education, health and employment. These individuals face an uphill battle for independence, social and occupational integration, and genuine participation in their communities. Special Olympics Illinois provides an outlet through year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for these individuals that give them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other athletes and the community.

Special Olympics Illinois would also like to thank the legislators who helped to create funding opportunities via the Special Olympics Illinois Lottery Ticket and income tax check off that help make programs like Young Athletes, Healthy Athletes and Project UNIFY possible.

Illinois’ delegation consists of Special Olympics Illinois athletes, board members, Unified Partners, family members and staff. The delegation is scheduled to meet with representatives in both the legislative and executive branches, including Sen. Gary Forby, Rep. Jim Durkin, Gov. Bruce Rauner, Speaker Michael Madigan, Sen. Christine Radogno and Sen. John Cullerton.

“We are thrilled that legislators will have the opportunity to meet athletes, coaches, board, staff and families from throughout the state and learn more about how the programs and mission of Special Olympics is transforming the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities every day,” said Dave Breen, President & CEO, Special Olympics Illinois.

Capitol Day will conclude with a private reception at the Pasfield House beginning at 5 p.m. LiUNA (Laborer’s International Union of North America) Midwest Region is Gold Medal Sponsor of the Capitol Day Reception.

About Special Olympics Illinois

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports for more than 22,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 20,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support. If you are interested in learning more about Special Olympics Illinois, volunteering or providing financial support to help make Special Olympics programs possible, contact your local Special Olympics agency, call 800-394-0562 or visit our website at www.soill.org.


Alexandra McMillin, Manager – Communications, Special Olympics Illinois, 312-502-7954
Michele Evans, Director – Communications, Special Olympics Illinois, 309-660-8497